An Easy Recipe for Falafel

Fried Falafel

You can serve falafel with a dip of yogurt and tahini mixed 50/50

Here is An Easy Recipe for Falafel. Falafel is a dish eaten throughout the Middle East that is becoming increasingly popular around the world. They are like a vegetarian meat ball without the meat and can be used where ever meal balls are called for. In the Middle East it is often stuffed into warm pita bread and served with a little garlicky yogurt sauce or tahini. Elsewhere it could be served in a hero roll with a little pasta sauce. At parties Falafel can be served with any number of different sauces.

3/4 cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

1 large white onion, finely chopped

3 -4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tablespoons parsley, washed, finely chopped diced

2 tablespoons cilantro, washed, finely chopped

1 teaspoon coriander seeds, ground

1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ground

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Vegetable Oil for deep-frying

Put the chickpeas in a bowl and soak in cold water overnight.

Drain the chickpeas and cover with fresh water in a pan. Bring to a boil. Boil rapidly for about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer for an hour until soft. Remove from heat and drain.

Place the chickpeas into a food processor. Add the onion, garlic, parsley,cilantro, spices and baking powder, sea salt and black pepper. Process until the mixture forms into a firm paste.

Shape the mixture into walnut-sized balls.

Place about 2 inches of vegetable oil into a deep pan and heat to 375 degrees F.

Fry the falafel in small batches until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and let  drain on paper towels.

Serve warm, with a dip or sauce of your choice.

Chefs note: Sometimes I add a little finely diced jalapeno pepper just to kick it up a tad.

Also, you can make the balls a little larger, flatten them and bake them in a 400 degree oven if you do not care for fried foods. Just bake them for about 12 minutes then turn them over for another 12 minutes and they will be nice and brown on the outside and cooked through.

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8 Responses to An Easy Recipe for Falafel

  1. Caro Ness

    I adore falafel!
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    • Chef William says:

      Somehow, I knew you would. Food can be an adventure with great
      rewards but I find that many people limit themselves and miss
      the fun of exploring other countries via the dinner plate.
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  2. Sue

    These look yummy. I haven’t ever made them but this seems pretty easy :)
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    • Chef William says:

      They are very good and after you have made them once, you will find that you
      can add or change a spice. Try rolling them in sesame seeds right after you
      take them from the frying pan, for a nice treat.
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  3. Nanette Levin

    I like the baking option you provide for Falafel – and the sesame seed idea in the comments (I REALLY enjoy sesame seeds). If you’re interested, I’m thinking it would be a great idea to get some of your recipes posted on the site (I have section relegated to recipe posts which I’ve been very poor about populating) as well as blog posts. I’d be happy to do an intro on any of these, and of course, site you as author and include a link back to your website/blog. Interested?
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    • Chef William says:

      I am interested, as it could be fun. Would you like to do a recipe highlighting the herb of the week
      or the vegetable of the week that you could print out and add to the product when you sell it/ Or do
      you want just some healthy recipes. Let me know and I will get started. It will take me a couple of
      days due to other projects. Let me know and I’ll follow your lead.
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  4. Nanette Levin

    What a wonderful idea on recipes to go with what’s seasonal! No hurry. I’ll contact you privately to discuss this further.
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  5. Falafel are on my top 10 fav foods. I love them drizzled with yoghurt, mint and garlic dressing. I am going to share this recipe and save it to use for all future falafel I make. YUM
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